Every year millions of children suffer from minor or major injuries due to lack of safety awareness. If the parents give a little attention to the children when they are learning to explore places in and around their house, it may save lives of millions children.

Safety at home:

Kitchen is the biggest risk-place for the children who are learning to walk. It is seen that children catch fire while coming in contact with gas or heated primus, hot plates, hot tea-coffee, cooker, toaster, oven, or while playing with the matchbox. Children are at risk of falling from the railings, balcony, platform and furniture; they are at risk of getting electric shock from different home appliances, electric socket and open cables. Chemicals, Insecticide, acid, cleaning powder, cream, liquid, cosmetics, shampoo, medicines are also dangerous for children. Glass equipments, glass bottles, knife, sharp tools and heavy items too are risky for the children. Water filled bucket, sharp-edged bucket, tubs filled with water and underground water tank are unsafe for the children. Stairs, steps and sharp stones in the home, furniture with glass corners pose danger for the children. Routine household items like scissor, needle, sharpener, and blade can be dangerous for the child. Doors and windows fixed in the wind direction can be pose danger for fingers of the children, as they might get hurt out of it. Toys like arrows, spears, and toy-guns can prove a threat to your child’s safety. Fireworks, colors, beads are threat to the safety of children.

Tin container, tin drums, cupboard having quilt inside, automatic locking suitcase, automatic locking doors, and grain filled drum is dangerous for the children. Slippery floor and stairs also pose threat for the children.

Three daughters and a son of a farmer in Saurashtra lost their lives as they entered into the grain-filled drum to play. The children could not reopen the cap of the drum. Even their nails came off in the efforts, but to no avail.

Children are keen and curious to learn new things. In their impatience they might create such a big problem that we cannot imagine.

There are thousands of cases of the children swallowing or injecting things like coins, rubber, pencil, pen pieces, buttons, pulse seeds and parts of toys in their nose or mouth and get their breath stifled. We see thousands of cases of children burning their body parts on touching the silencer of bike or cut their finger in the doors of car. There are number incidents of the children falling from windows, balcony or when they climb on tables trying to look out of window. Parents should be very cautious when they go outside taking baby walker with them.

Usually children are unaware and careless about the risk to their life while crossing the road, playing in the ground or in the garden and walking in the market with elders. Out of the temptation of getting chocolate or ice-cream children can easily go along with the strangers. They even go outside alone without informing their elders to buy such stuffs if they have money with them. This approach is dangerous for the children. Travelling without wearing safety belt in van, rickshaw or in the car poses risk for the safety of a children. There are many instances of children have set on the steering wheel and started the car on their own and met with an accident.

Your pet dog, cat or street dog could cause a threat to children. Often it is seen that the child strikes or tease the pet and it attacks back on the child.

It is important that parents explain things to the children rather than frightening them. Parent should take safety measures and as far as possible children should not be left alone. Things like house furniture, bathroom, swimming pool, cupboards etc. should be made keeping child’s safety in mind.

A simple dog or cat bite can cause rabies which may prove life-threatening after 6 to 12 months. Therefore, it is safer to give full course of anti-rabies vaccine to the child.


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